Arsenal will return to the comforts of home this Saturday following back-to-back defeats on the road. The Gunners will host pointless and bottom-of-table Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium this game week.
The Gunners will come into the game on the back of intense scrutiny following their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool and also the lack of transfer activity during the window. Arsenal will be aiming for an early goal to settle the nerves as it won’t take long for the atmosphere to get toxic at Emirates. It would be interesting to see whether Alexis Sanchez finds a place in the starting eleven following the drama surrounding his deadline-day move to Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the Cherries have endured a terrible start to the season. They have suffered defeats to West Brom, Watford and Man City respectively in their opening three games. They were decent against City in their last fixture but were undone by the Raheem Sterling’s injury-time winner. Jermaine Defoe started against City and he would be hoping to keep his place against the Gunners.
Last season, the Gunners registered a 3-1 win in the corresponding fixture, but the return fixture ended in a pulsating 3-3 draw.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Match Facts
The Gunners are undefeated in four league fixtures against the Cherries. Three have ended in wins for the Gunners, and one has ended in a draw.
Out of the four fixtures, only two have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
The Gunners have failed to score in their last two fixtures while the Cherries have managed to score only one goal this season.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Team News
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has departed from the club, and that could see Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac playing in their natural positions. Midfielder Santi Cazorla is not expected to return anytime soon, but Jack Wilshere could find a place in the squad.
For the visitors, Simon Francis might miss out the trip to North London with a hamstring injury.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Match odds
The hosts are huge favourites to win and you can back them at the best odds of 4/11 at several bookmakers. A draw is available at 4/1 odds while an away win can get you odds up to 7/1. Our preview is backing a home win as our prediction.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Correct Score odds
2-1 and 2-0 wins for Arsenal top the bookmakers’ list at 17/2 odds. In the 2015-16 season, both fixtures between these two sides ended in 2-0 wins for the Gunners and we are backing the same result as our prediction.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth – Over/Under 2.5 goals odds
Both sides have struggled to score goals in their recent fixtures, and hence, we are backing under 2.5 goals in the game as our prediction. Bet365 are providing best odds of 15/8 for our betting tip.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth –Anytime Goalscorer odds
Arsenal’s summer-signing Alexandre Lacazette is the favourite to score at ¾ odds while his French teammate Olivier Giroud is available at 13/15 odds. For the Cherries, Joshua King is available at 10/3 odds. Our preview is backing Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil as our prediction in this market. You can get the best odds of 28/11 for the German at Unibet.